By tomorrow night, Bryce Harper may no longer be a Washington National.
The star outfielder has had an up-and-down season. He still slugs home runs and drives in runs, and any team in contention would appreciate adding someone with his talent at the deadline.
He has been floated as a trade option for a little while now. Earlier today, it was reported that the Nationals and Indians had been discussing a move.
The Indians and Nationals have communicated recently regarding a possible Bryce Harper trade, sources told MLB.com on Monday, but the discussions have yet to gather momentum.
Even as the Nationals began play Monday with a six-game deficit in both the National League East and the NL Wild Card race, the price tag on Harper remains high, the sources said.
In any deal for Harper, the Nationals likely would ask for multiple pitchers to help rebuild a rotation that includes pending free agents Gio Gonzalez and Jeremy Hellickson. And it’s difficult to imagine the Indians trading right-handers Triston McKenzie and Shane Bieber — their No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline — for a rental player.
Now, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says that the Nationals are making it known that Bryce Harper is available at the trade deadline.
It sounds like they are welcoming offers from more teams.
The 25-year old Harper will be a free agent after the season. He is a six-time All-Star, and the 2015 NL MVP. Players of his age and stature are not always available for a playoff run, but that appears to be the case here.